That's good news.
Now that your system is clean you should SET A NEW RESTORE POINT to prevent reinfection from an old restore point
. Any trojans or malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since System Restore is a protected directory, your tools can not access it to delete these bad files which can reinfect your system. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state. The easiest and safest way to set a new RESTORE POINT
1. Go to Start
> System Tools
and click "System Restore
2. Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point
" on the first screen then click "Next
". Give the R.P. a name then click "Create
". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
3. Then go to Start
and type: Cleanmgr
4. Click "OK
5. Click the "More Options
6. Click "Clean Up
" in the System Restore section to remove all previous restore points except the newly created one.
For the Norton popup alert problem see here
.To protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection, here are a few helpful suggestions:
1. Keep Windows and Internet Explorer current with the latest critical security updates
from Microsoft including SP2 which has enhanced security features. This will patch many of the security holes through which attackers can gain access to your computer.
2. Prevent spyware, homepage hijacking and increase your browser security
by using these free programs:
• Microsoft Windows Defender (Beta)Run weekly scans
with these free spyware cleaning tools:
• Ad-Aware SE Personal 1.06
• Spybot S&D 1.4
• Ewido Anti-Malware v3.5
- Windows 2000 and XP users ONLY
3. Prevention and Protection Tips:
Read "How to Prevent Spyware
Read "Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe
Read "Safer Settings for IE SP1 & SP2
" and "How to Configure Enhanced Security Features for IE in XP SP2
4. Be careful what you download: types of downloads that may contain spyware:
• Free games, animated characters, and screen savers.
• Music, movies, and file-sharing programs.
• Instant Messaging (IM) attachments.
• Toolbars for your Internet browser.
• Unknown email files and attachments.
5. Use a Firewall to protect yourself
. A hardware firewall can provide a strong degree of protection from most forms of attacks coming from the outside. A software firewall generally offers the best measure of protection against Trojans and worms but they are harder to configure and must share resources with other running processes which can decrease system performance.Home PC Firewall GuideUnderstanding and Using Firewalls
6. Finally, stay informed, use common sense, keep up to date
with all your anti-virus/anti-malware scanning programs and use them as part of your regularly scheduled maintenance.